Water For Nature – Clark's Floodplain
Mr David Papps, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, officially launched the first flow of Commonwealth environmental water facilitated through Nature Foundation SA on Monday 18th February adjacent Clark’s Floodplain near Berri.
With over 70 attendees, the launch marked the start of a five year, first of its kind, agreement between the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder and Nature Foundation SA with an allocation of 50 gigalitres of Commonwealth environmental water over 5 years to rehabilitate River Murray floodplains and wetlands in South Australia. To give some context 1 gigalitre is the equivalent of one square kilometre by 1 metre deep.
100 megalitres of water will be used at Clark’s Floodplain and the primary targets are for the creation of a sustaining healthy Black Box community and to promote new germination of Black Box at a higher elevation.
For more information and link to live web cam refer www.waterfornature.org.au
Welcome To Ian Atkinson - New CEO
We welcome Ian Atkinson as the new Chief Executive Officer of Nature Foundation SA. Ian Atkinson has over thirty years’ experience in agriculture and natural resource management. He holds qualifications in Agricultural Science, Horticultural Science, Science Communication, and Law. Most recently Ian was CEO of Irrigation Australia Ltd, whose mission is “Leading the development of a professional irrigation industry for healthy, sustainable urban & rural communities, and their environments.”
From 2006-2010 Ian was CEO of CRC for Irrigation Futures, an Environmental CRC that linked together 15 partner organisations. Their aim was to undertake and deliver research, education and training that gave confidence to growers, industry, government, and communities to invest in better irrigation, a better environment and a better future.
Ian grew up in the Mid-North of South Australia and has lived with his family in the Adelaide Hills for over 10 years. He is looking forward to working at a regional level on the delivery of great outcomes for the South Australian environment, and local communities.
Walk For Nature October 2012
The weather was perfect for our Walk for Nature with blue skies with lots of sunshine.
Over 500 participants enjoyed the beautiful scenery along the Heysen Trail through Mount George Conservation Park and Woodhouse Activity Centre.
We would like to thank all walkers, sponsors, volunteers and donors for joining and supporting us in 2012. The walk helped to raise over $33,000 towards our conservation projects.
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Welcome to Ecologist Greg Johnston
We are pleased to welcome Dr Greg Johnston to the NFSA team as Conservation Ecologist. Greg comes to us with an extensive background in conservation ecology. Greg has taught at all the three SA universities in biodiversity and conservation, as well as being a research scientist at the Zoo for seven years. His field experience is extensive in Australia and overseas across a diverse range of species, including various reptiles and birds.
Greg will play a key role in planning and executing conservation work at our properties and our other programs.
Kangaroo Island Planting Festival at Cygnet Park
Glossy black cockatoos will have their mouths full in the years to come, with participants at the Kangaroo Island Planting Festival sowing thousands of delicious Sheoaks around their nesting grounds.
This year's festival, held over the last weekend of June was a great success with over 57,000 seedlings planted in three days. Coordinated each year by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) the festival aims at restoring former pastoral land at Cygnet Park Sanctuary and adjoining properties.
This year volunteers and staff alike were out in force, despite the slightly soggy conditions. Regardless, there were plenty of sunny moments to stop and take in the views. Groups from Uni SA and Conservation Volunteers Australia were amongst those taking part, with a total of 16 different nationalities being represented on the day.
Many endangered and endemic species were planted over the weekend, including Turpentine Bush, Small-flowered Daisy-bush, Western Swamp-paperbark, and KI Phebalium to name a few. DEWNR staff spend all year carefully collecting seeds and propagating the seedlings in preparation for the festival.
We here at Nature Foundation SA, as co-owners of Cygnet Park sanctuary love getting out to help in its restoration and see how the plants have grown from year to year.
Hiltaba: Connecting the East Meets West Wildlife Corridor
The Foundation is very pleased to announce the acquisition of its fifth conservation property owned and managed outright or in partnership. The property is Hiltaba Station, a 78,000 hectare former pastoral property bordering the Gawler Range National Park on the Eyre Peninsula.
The addition of Hiltaba to the National Reserve System almost connects 750 kilometres of the East Meets West NatureLinks Corridor spanning from the WA-SA border to the Eastern Eyre Peninsula, save for just 30 kilometres.
The Commonwealth Government's Caring for our Country program contributed two thirds of the purchase price, with the Foundation's Land Purchase Fund (created by the State Government) providing the balance.
Hiltaba contains habitat for nine Commonwealth species of significance, forty state listed species of significance and four species which are endemic to the Gawler Ranges Region. The most significant conservation assets are the presence of three nationally listed vulnerable species: Yellow-footed Rock-Wallaby, Malleefowl and Slender-billed Thornbill.
The immediate focus of conservation efforts is management of feral pests, particularly goats and foxes, which pose a threat to these endangered species.
We hope to commence a biological survey of Hiltaba in Spring 2012 and establish fauna and flora monitoring that track improvements as the property is turned over to conservation. This will come at a significant cost of $30,000, to which we are currently seeking donations.
Government House 30th Anniversary Reception
On Thursday 24th of May, Nature Foundation SA and its supporters and volunteers were invited by His Excellency, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, to Government House to acknowledge the great achievements of the Foundation and the people that have generously made everything possible. His Excellency and Mrs Scarce welcomed around 100 invitees to the ballroom of Government House and served refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.
His Excellency spoke about the history of the Foundation dating all the way back to 1981. Special mentions were bestowed onto the founders Warren Bonython AO, Dr Mark Bonnin, David Cleland and Barbara Hardy AO. His Excellency mentioned the outstanding breadth of the Foundation's work and how it continues to make a great contribution to the state of South Australia.
President, Bob Lott, was invited to speak on behalf of the Foundation and was honoured by the recognition. Bob Lott also made reference to the four major initiatives of the foundation: Research, BushbankSA, Nature Gains and Water for Nature. Lastly, Bob Lott spoke about the growth of the Foundation and the role of the government, corporates, members and donors who have continued to generously support the foundation.
Three recognition certificates were awarded by His Excellency to outstanding contributors to the Foundation. Firstly, Renee Thompson received a certificate on behalf of the Riverland West LAP for their tireless work at Hogwash Bend. Pauline Baulderstone received a certificate on behalf of the Bookpurnong Lock 4 Environmental Association. The most significant certificate was presented to Elizabeth Law-Smith for her outstanding contribution of the Para Woodlands property in memory of her late husband David Law-Smith , and her ongoing funding to return it to its natural state.
Charles Warren Bonython AO, 11 September 1916 – 2 April 2012
The Council, Staff and Volunteers of the Nature Foundation SA mourn the passing of Mr Warren Bonython AO on Monday the 2nd of April 2012 and extend our deepest condolences to Bunty and family.
In 1981 Warren, Barbara Hardy AO, David Cleland and Mark Bonnin AO joined forces and became the founding members of the National Parks Foundation of South Australia Inc., the group that would ultimately become one of South Australia's premier environmental organisations -Nature Foundation SA.
Warren served as our President from 1985 to 1989 and was awarded our highest honour for dedicated service as a Fellow in 2004. Nature Foundation SA was privileged to have had his dedication, knowledge and support for the last thirty years. Committed to environmental conservation in general and South Australia in particular, Warren has left a lasting legacy for all South Australians. Thank you Warren and good bye.
Thick-billed Grasswren Environmental Offset
The former distribution of Thick-billed Grasswrens once covered much of inland Australia. Since European settlement, the species has undergone a major contraction in range, particularly A.t. textilis and A.t. modestus. As a result of this decline, all three subspecies are listed as vulnerable under the Commonwealth's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Nature Foundation SA and WPG Resources Ltd (WPG) have recently formed a partnership to undertake a significant research project into the behaviour, ecology and genetics of the A.t. modestus as part of an environmental offset incurred by WPG's mining activities at Peculiar Knob, near Coober Pedy.
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Nature Foundation SA announces Patrons
With Nature Foundation SA celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year, we are extremely fortunate to have two patrons each with a lifetime's commitment to nature and conservation: Barbara Hardy AO and Dick Smith AO.
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Insight into the lives of Pygmy Bluetongues
To conserve a population, it is important to have healthy genetic diversity. In a stable population this is often provided by genetic flow between and within the populations as a result of dispersing individuals. In fragmented or disjunct habitats the gene flow is often inadequate or missing. This project explores aspects of gene flow and dispersal to be used in conservation actions for the endangered PygmyBluetongue Lizard.
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COLIN THIELE MEMORIAL PLAQUE
On Sunday, 13th June 2010, some 60 people attended the launch of the Hon Justice Christopher Legoe's land at Salt Creek and the unveiling of a plaque in tribute to Colin Thiele AC. Overall it was quite a turnout
in the little road stop of Salt Creek and caught some attention around
the state. A press release put out by the Hon Bob Such MP attracted community interest via
an article in the Sunday Mail
headed "Coorong tribute to Thiele", ABC
radio news reports and a long interview on Sunday morning on ABC
National's Australia All Over. Bob Such has been campaigning to have
Colin Thiele recognised more widely and has helped facilitate the land
gift and memorial. Bob attended and helped Mrs Rhonda Thiele, Colin's
wife, unveil the plaque after a stirring oration from Dr Alan
Brissenden AM who was a close friend of Colin.
[Click the photo above
to see a larger version of Hon Dr Bob Such MP, Hon Justice Christopher
Legoe, Mrs Rhonda Thiele, and David Moyle AM (President, NFSA) just
after the unveiling.]
[Click on the photo, below right, to read the Colin Thiele Memorial Plaque.]
The Legoe land is 13 ha of pristine Coorong bushland, very bio-diverse and
fronting the actual Salt Creek (the creek, not the town) leading into
the Coorong proper. It is continuous with the current Coorong National Park and is a fine addition to the Park. Steve Bourne, from Department of
Environment & Heritage (now DENR), spoke at the ceremony
acknowledging the generous gift of the land via the Foundation.
It was a memorable event for the Foundation in being able to show
recognition in memory of and respect for the life and work of Colin
Thiele AC and to thank Christopher Legoe for his generosity in donating
this land at Salt Creek.
WITCHELINA - A Nature Foundation SA Reserve
The Hon Peter Garrett MP made a flying visit into the Outback, along with
an entourage of journalists and over 50 guests for possibly the single
biggest event (so far) in the life of the Foundation: the launch of Witchelina - A Nature Foundation SA Reserve on Friday the 4th of June 2010.
To purchase this significant property, Nature Foundation SA assembled a
comprehensive funding package which included a major contribution from
the Commonwealth's Caring for our
Country initiative together with very considerable contributions
from the South Australian Government and five resource companies. These five companies elected to discharge
their environmental offset obligations through this project: Santos Ltd, Beach Energy Ltd, Victoria Petroleum NL, Epic Energy Ltd and Stuart Petroleum Ltd.
just over 4,200 square kilometres, more than twice the size of urban
Adelaide, Witchelina is the largest property ever purchased for the National
Reserve System through Caring for our Country. The huge size
of this conservation corridor boosts the resilience of
the parks and reserves within it, providing opportunities for native
species to adapt to a changing climate, fire and drought.
The new reserve also forms a vital habitat link from South Australia's
Lake Torrens into the Northern Territory, covering almost 10 million
hectares. It is part of the world's first transcontinental wildlife
corridor being created through the heart of Australia's outback,
between Port Augusta and Arnhem Land.
Witchelina has a long social history. The property straddles the
boundaries of the Adnyamathanha and Arabunna peoples who have continued a strong spiritual connection to their
country. After European occupation, Witchelina operated as a pastoral
station for more than 140 years. We are greatly encouraged by the
interest shown by our neighbours and the local outback community and we look
forward to a cooperative working relationship.
Baseline survey work by BushBlitz is planned to get a detailed picture of the
reserve's biodiversity and the
Foundation anticipates exciting new discoveries
especially in plants and reptiles.
We are also heartened by the interest
shown in the project by the scientific community and we also thank
Primary Industries & Resources SA (PIRSA), SA Chamber of Mines
& Energy (SACOME), the Native Vegetation Council, the SA Arid Lands
NRM Board and the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for their
Building these environmental gains will take several decades and this
management responsibility represents a significant commitment fy NFSA
that will require considerable ongoing resources. If you would like to
contribute, please click here to go to our DONATE page.
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